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Ann Arbor Spark

New Enterprise Forum | June Panel and Showcase

Thursday, June 16 2022 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Showcase Presenter: Mark Russell, CatalystXL
Mark Russell is co-founder and CEO of CatalystXL, a Michigan company offering Cardware, an all-in-one platform that brings together communications, content, and data into a single, intuitive, custom-branded experience.

Panel | Timing: When to Go All In, When to Step Aside, When to Exit
Successful founders have good timing. Our expert panelists will share their experiences and insights to help founders decide when the time is right to jump full time into running a startup, when to step aside for a new leader, and when to seek an exit.

Panelists
Rachna Govani, co-founder, Diet ID
Rachna Govani is co-founder and COO of Diet ID, a digital health startup making diet a vital sign. Before joining Diet ID, she was the CEO and co-founder of FOODSTAND, a digital health company committed to making healthy eating an everyday habit for the masses, which was acquired by Diet ID 2019.

Chi Okwudire, founder, Ulendo
Chinedum ‘Chi’ Okwudire, is the founder and CTO of Ulendo, an advanced automation software company based in Ann Arbor. He is also an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan, where he also directs the Smart and Sustainable Automation Lab.

Daniel Young, founder, Circadian Risk
Daniel Young is founder & Chief Innovation Officer of Circadian Risk. Daniel has been a security and risk advisor for more than 10 years, and is passionate about helping companies to better understand their risks to undesirable events on a daily basis.

Moderated by Ben Bernstein
Ben Bernstein is a principal at ID Ventures, the venture capital program of Invest Detroit. ID Ventures is the most active early-stage investor in the state of Michigan. Ben’s past experience includes positions with Balance Capital Partners, Paintzen and Propellr. Ben is graduate of Princeton University with a degree in Economics.

Remote viewing will be available. Register for the event and select Remote/Zoom as the ticket type.

COVID Protocol
Depending on the current CDC risk level for Washtenaw County, visitors to SPARK Central may be required to wear a mask while indoors.